Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Minister launches 2012 WA Seniors Awards

    8/06/2012 12:00 AM
    • Minister calls for nominations to honour WA’s outstanding older people
    • Nominations close on Friday, August 10, 2012

    Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney today called on Western Australians to recognise exceptional older people in their community by nominating them for a WA Seniors Award.


    Launching this year’s awards in Bunbury, Mrs McSweeney said they were an important way to acknowledge older people for their contribution to WA communities.


    “WA’s older people bring a tremendous amount of value to our society, particularly through volunteer work and many of them remain unsung heroes,” she said. 


    “Seniors are fantastic role models to Western Australians of all ages, and we can all learn from their life experiences.


    “I urge all Western Australians to nominate someone they know for these awards, which are now in their 27th year.” 


    Nominations are open for the following five categories:

    • Community Award for voluntary work and serving the community
    • Intergenerational Award for working with children and young people under 25
    • beyondblue Inspiration Award for Wellbeing for seniors involved in promoting mental health and wellbeing
    • Westscheme/COTA WA Champion for Seniors Award for an individual of any age who works in a paid or voluntary capacity to improve the quality of life for seniors or retirees
    • The Bendigo Bank Active Ageing Leadership Award for recognising organisations for their innovative planning or services that improve the quality of life of seniors.

    This year, the 2012 Burswood WA Senior of the Year Award will be chosen from the community, intergenerational and inspiration categories.


    Nominations close on Friday August 10, 2012 and award winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday, November 11 to mark the start of Seniors Week 2012. 


          Fact File

    • Nomination forms for the WA Seniors Awards are available at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
    • WA Seniors Card holders are eligible for more than $1,400 worth of concessions & benefits, including free travel on public transport & discounts on electricity bills

    Minister’s office - 6552 6500